Citation managers make citing your sources easier. A citation manager is a software application that allows you to:
With RefWorks you can:
Getting started with RefWorks:
Write-N-Cite: this is a tool in RefWorks that allows you to cite your references (that are on RefWorks) while writing your paper. Can use for in-text citations, footnotes, and bibliograpy (work cited/references). When you download Write-N-Cite to Word in your computer, it installs a RefWorks tab in the MS Word ribbon, or you can access it from the References tab in MS Word.
To install Write-n-Cite and get answers to other questions please go to: RefWorks FAQ
Tutorials, Research Guides, FAQ:
Mendeley is a free online citation manager that allows you to store citation information and create bibliographies. With Mendeley you can also add and organize your PDFs, share information with other scholars, and look at other members' research publications. To download Mendeley go to: http://www.mendeley.com/features/.
Get tips and instructions on using Mendeley at:
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Library has created several useful presentations that can help you understand how to read and create citations. These interactive presentations review basic citations, as well as APA and IEEE formats.
Always cite your sources using the correct citation style. Table below matches citation style with appropriate discipline/subject. Click on link for example citations of that citation style.
Used in social sciences such as economics, geography, history, political science, psychology, social studies and sociology; education and business.
Used in academic writing for languages and literature.
Used in the humanities and social sciences, such as literature, history, political science, and the arts. CMS uses two documentation systems for referencing sources: (1) NB - note-bibliography style through footnote or endnote citation and (2) author-date style through parenthetical in-text citation and reference list style.
Used in documents needing a style similar to Chicago Manual Style (CMS) (see Chicago above) to reference sources.
Find detailed information and examples of your citation style in the books below. These books can be borrowed from the Library.
APA is the preferred citation style when writing your research paper for the following disciplines: EDUCATION, PSYCHOLOGY, BUSINESS, and SOCIOLOGY.
From: Harris, Robert A. The Plagiarism Handbook. Los Angeles: Pyrczk Publishing, 2001.
If it's not your idea and it's not something most people know about, then you need to cite it.
A citation is a standard way to describe a published or unpublished source (book, journal article, chapter, website, figure, image, idea, etc.). This makes it easy to find the source and provides some consistency. They are found in bibilographies, reference and work cited lists in articles and books.
A citation may look different depending on the work being cited or the citation style. Most citations consist of these common elements:
Angelou, Maya. A Brave and Startling Truth.
New York: Random, 1995.
Ray, Robert B. “How to Teach Cultural
Studies.” Studies in the Literary
Imagination 31.1 (1998) : 25-36
Common knowledge: refers to commonly known information about current events, famous people, geographical facts, or familiar history; also, an easily observed or commonly reported fact or common saying.
Exception: if you use someone's words (for ex. from a commentary, interpretation, analysis, etc.) even if they contain information that is common knowledge, you must cite the source.
Rule to follow: "If in doubt, cite it."
Taken from the Student Guidebook to Resources and Citation - Pearson Publishing
1. Provide clear attribution of outside sources.
2. Identify all works and phrases taken from sources by enclosing them within quotation marks.
3. Follow all quotations, paraphrases, and summaries of outside sources with appropriate and complete citations.
4. Use your own words and sentence structure when you paraphrase.
5. Be certain that all summaries and paraphrases of your sources are accurate and objective.
6. Include all print and retrievable electronic sourcs in the References page that follows the body of your papers.
7. Provide documentation for all visual images, charts, and graphs from printed or electronic sources.